>> A dramatic start to Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial Monday. A topless woman wearing the names of some of Cosby's accusers, and the phrase, women's lives matter written across her torso, was quickly tackled and handcuffed by police. Reports identify the woman as actress Nicole Rochelle, who appeared on four episodes of the Cosby Show.
Cosby is facing a jury for the second time over charges he drugged and raped former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.>> Mr. Cosby maintains that he's innocent of these charges.>> But this jury will hear testimony the first one never did. Reuters correspondent Barbara Goldberg is following the case.
>> One of the biggest differences this time around is that the judge has allowed five other women who accused Cosby of similar attacks on them. Drugging them, sexually assaulting them, they're going to be allowed to testify.>> The highly unsual exception comes after the judge ruled that the multiple accusations were so similar.
They show a pattern the jury should be allowed to hear. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assaults. The defense got a favorable ruling as well. It's allowed to call a witness in an attempt to undermine Constand's credibility.>> Now this woman is allowed to testify this time.
And what she has said previously is that the accuser told her is, if I falsely accuse a celebrity of sexual assault, I could make a lot of money.>> A new defense attorney has also joined Cosby's legal team. Tom Mesereau successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges.
Cosby's first trial ended in a hung jury last summer.